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Barbara woodhouseBarbara Woodhouse lived in Rickmansworth, Herts. She was a British dog trainer, author, horse trainer and television personality. Her 1980 television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way made her into a household name in the UK. She was also known for her “no bad dogs” philosophy

Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way is a British television series presented by Barbara Woodhouse first shown by the BBC in 1980. It was taped in 10 episodes at Woodhouse’s home in Hertfordshire, England. The show was also internationally syndicated.

In the show she often used two commands: “walkies” and “sit”; the latter of which was parodied in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy where James Bond does a Woodhouse impersonation, puts his hand up in a command posture, repeats Woodhouse’s catch-phrase to a tiger and the animal responds to it by obeying. Her ten-part series had been shown at over one hundred stations in the United States and in Britain it proved so popular it was run twice. In 1982, singer-songwriter Randy Edelman wrote a song about her and her show, “Barbara (The Woodhouse Way)”, which he released in a single 45 rpm record.